While earlier in the week, the Detroit Lions announced that receiver Marvin Jones Jr.’s season was over, on Wednesday, the team announced that a different players’ season is not quite over yet.
All Pro punt returner Jamal Agnew will return to practice on Wednesday, the team announced, six weeks after the team placed him on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Agnew will still not be able to play for another two weeks—teams have to wait eight weeks from the move to IR to activate said player to the 53-man roster. However, the Lions punt returned/cornerback showed on Monday just how eager he was to be back out there.
“I just want to get back and help the team win,” Agnew said. “I don’t like watching football. I’ve been doing it all my life. I’m trying to get back out there and play. I’m just itching to get back out there.”
Agnew’s return wouldn’t just give the Lions special teams a shot in the arm, as the league’s best punt returner in 2017, but he could also bring some depth to the secondary. Prior to his Week 5 injury, Agnew was becoming a bigger part of the defensive gameplan as one of the team’s top options as a nickel cornerback. Though Agnew won’t be able to return until Week 15’s game against the Bills, those final three games could be valuable experience for the 23-year-old cornerback.